Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Christchurch Album by Frederick Rolfe

Much of the last few days has been spent putting the finishing touches to my latest publication and getting the information out to customers. I'm rather proud of this one, it's taken me quite a while to settle on a format for publishing these photos which didn't either try to claim too much for them nor do them a disservice. I think the final result is very tasteful and restrained. Here's the blurb:

The Christchurch Album by Frederick Rolfe.

We are delighted to be able to announce the publication of an album of photographs by Frederick Rolfe Baron Corvo, never before published and discovered among the collection of the late Donald Weeks.

At the beginning of the 1890s Frederick Rolfe returned from Italy and found a temporary home in Christchurch, Dorset. Here, on the south coast of England, among a small coterie of artists, writers and photographers, Rolfe indulged his own passions for painting and photography. He was friendly with the Joseph Gleeson-White, a well respected art critic, editor and designer who went on to be highly influential among the artists of the 1890s period. The story of Rolfe’s relationship with the whole Gleeson-White family is told in all three of his biographies. It is chiefly this family that features among the photos in this album and in particular young Eric White both nude and ‘draped’ in classical attire. The collection includes also a number of rather less formal portraits of the family.

Twenty-three photographs are reproduced at their original size on twelve 7” x 5” sheets of high-quality photographic paper. Two further images, both male nudes, of slightly less certain attribution, take the total number of sheets to 14. These are enclosed in a glassine pocket and inserted into a custom-made envelope along with a sheet of explanation and key to the images. 70 sets have been printed and individually numbered.

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